Ok it may seem silly that I’m about to talk to you about baby monitors when I have a toddler, but hear me out.

We used a video baby monitor from the day Kabes moved into his crib. Actually, as soon as he was napping in his rock ‘n play and I could leave the room. I quickly became attached – I liked being able to peek in on him and make sure he was ok or just catch of a glimpse of his rare, peaceful slumber.

Move on several months to when we had to cry it out – I can’t tell you how reassuring it was to be able to see that he was ok, just mad. {ok, it still broke my heart a bit.} We continued to use it and took it everywhere with us, even though it wasn’t really truly necessary – we’ve never been in a place so big you couldn’t hear him. As he started doing better with napping and playing a little bit before he went to sleep, I loved nothing more than spying on him through the baby monitor. I might possibly maybe recording the monitor on my phone more than once and sent the video to the husband at work. Kid cracks me up.

Anyways. Low and behold my beloved monitor broke. It literally took me a couple weeks to stop reaching for the monitor to check in on him. So when I got this Motorola one I was stoked – woohoo, spy cam back in action!
motorola baby monitor

This one is pretty cool – lots more bells and whistles than our first one. You can move the camera to scan the room remotely {which would have been awesome when we first switched KB to his toddler bed – we couldn’t get our old one to show enough of the room to see the bed and the door at the same time}, it plays lullabies, shows the room temperature, and has a two-way microphone.  So here are my thoughts in tried and true pro/con fashion:
baby monitor
Pros

Swivel cam. Awesome for looking around. Also makes setting up the camera base easier because you can just move the actual view later.

Two-way speaker/microphone. I like telling KB to get back in bed from downstairs, though that doesn’t mean he actually listens.

Lullabies. You’ll see this is also in the cons, but KB likes listening to the music as he gets in bed and now requests it. He got mad when I let the battery die and he couldn’t listen. We’ve been using it as a “time for bed” signal, not that it makes much bearing on the pre-bed crazies.

Temperature. Good info to know, especially for the super little guys that you don’t want to overheat.

Add a camera. Good if you have more than one babe so you don’t have to carry two monitors around.

Cons

Zoom – this would’ve been a pro except it gets too pixelated to really see well.

Lullabies – they’re a little upbeat for my liking and there’s no way to change the volume or to end them softly/fade out.

View icon – this is inconsequential really but the icon that pops up on the screen that tells me how long the screen will stay on is right where KB is on the screen, so I either have to wait for it to go away or click other buttons. Like I said, not really important but I like to just take a quick peek.

Low battery alert: Beeping is annoying especially in the middle of the night if I forgot to plug it in.

 motorola baby monitor review

The official details:

  • Wireless technology 2.4 GHz FHSS
  • 3.5” diagonal screen
  • Remote pan, tilt and zoom
  • Crystal clear two-way communication
  • Infrared night vision
  • Room temperature display
  • 5 lullabies
  • Sound level indicator
  • Volume control
  • Range up to 590 feet
  • Out-of-range alert
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Low battery alert
  • Flip out stand (on parent unit)
  • Expandable up to 4 cameras (additional baby units sold separately, Model: MBP36BU)
  • View two baby units simultaneously with picture-in-picture technology

Do you use a video monitor? What kind do you have?

Find the Motorola Baby Monitor at Walmart!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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